Recipe: Swedish Kringle

Kringle, a Swedish almond pastry, is something that has been a holiday tradition for our family for a few generations. I remember making this as a child with my grandmother and mother. What confuses me mightily is my grandmother apparently also bestowed a Kringle...

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Recipe: Duckfart Pie

I like to refer to this particular recipe as one of the most evilest desserts in my repertoire. Indeed, it made of 100% creamy, alcoholic goodness. Heavy cream. Sweetened condensed milk. Bailey's Irish Cream. Kahlua. Whisky. Cookies. The resulting pie is rich and...

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Looking for a small holiday gift idea?

How about test tubes filled with a special spice mixture? For the last few years, I've been giving local friends little test tubes filled with a different spice mixture in place of greeting cards. Last year, my chosen spice blend was Vulcan's Fire Salt from the Spice...

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Recipe: Navy Bean Soup (Volume Cooking)

I had quite the adventure with volume cooking this past weekend. I made a lot of navy bean soup. And, when I say a lot, I really mean a LOT. I made 36 gallons of the stuff and I'm happy to say that it fed 208 people. (Note: I'm about to ramble on a bit about the...

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Will We Ever Kill The Bug? (Part 3)

A quick update... the "Will We Ever Kill The Bug?" quilt top is done! It did take a little longer than I had anticipated, as I goofed up the Beetle by accidentally applying Heat 'n Seal to the wrong side of the fabric. (Derp!) I had to have it reprinted. But now? It...

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Recipe: Another Crock Pot French Onion Soup

My usual Go To onion soup recipe basically consists of throwing a lot of sliced onions in a crock pot, adding a bay leaf, filling it up with broth and then letting it cook on low for 24 hours. It produces a surprisingly flavorful soup. This soup is different. It, too,...

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Recipe: Pumpkin Bread with Ginger Bits

This is my (and by 'my', I really mean Smitten Kitchen's) ode to Pumpkin Spice season. I was cruising around on Facebook and minding my own business, more or less, when SK's Pumpkin Bread recipe came coasting by. I realized I had all the ingredients and a free...

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Recipe: Thai Peanut Sauce

A few weeks ago, I happened to have dinner at an Asian restaurant and ordered their Peanut Butter Chicken. The chicken was sautéed and tossed in a tasty sauce.  Indulgent, a bit spicy, lots of umami. I enjoyed it quite a bit and it reminded me--not without good...

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The Wheel Barrel – Topeka, KS

Call it comfort food... call it what you will. I don't think I've ever met anyone who didn't like a good grilled cheese. The Wheel Barrel specializes in this classic, giving it a more upscale twist. It has been a while since I've posted about a restaurant on this...

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i70 Swap Update: What I Got!

I missed the August guild meeting so one of the coordinators graciously mailed my project back to me. And all I can say is WOW. Love, love, love. The lovely and talented Gina turned Hazel into a flippin' fantastic mini quilt. She mentioned that she stalked me on...

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